Safety Measures for In-Person Training 

We care about your health and safety and we are taking the following measures:

Social distancing:  Classrooms have been reorganized to help participants, instructors, and staff maintain a distance of at least six feet between each other.  

Face masks: We encourage you wear a mask while attending our in-person training.  If you do not have a mask, we will provide a disposable mask for you.

Hand hygiene:  We are frequently washing our hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  We ask that participants attending our in-person courses do the same.  We will also have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in the classroom.

Cleaning and disinfecting: We are using EPA-registered disinfection products to disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, light switches, tables, and training equipment.

Symptom Monitoring:  If you have symptoms like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or fever, please stay home.  Please send an email to if you are unable to attend a course.  We will apply your registration fee to a future course.

Our team continues to monitor and follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health officials, and UTHealth Houston.  If we need to cancel an in-person course, we will refund your registration fee.



Biological Safety Officer Course
presented to you by

 P2R Consortium
Prevention, Preparedness, and Response
the Southern Biosafety Association (SBA)

September 28-30, 2022

Houston, Texas



Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM CST
Friday, September, 30 2022 at 5:00 PM CST 

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Take your career to the next level and register today!

$ 600 
Early Registration (Ends August 12, 2022) 

$ 650       
Regular Registration (Ends September 18, 2022)

$ 700       
Late Registration (Begins September 19, 2022)

Refreshments and materials will be provided.

Lodging and Transportation-Hotel accommodations, airfare and car transportation will need to be arranged on your own.

Please visit us at


Operations Center Building
1851 Crosspoint Avenue
Rio Grande Room, 2.200
Houston, TX 77054  

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Pamela D. Phillips
Program Coordinator 

UTHealth| School of Public Health
P2R Consortium
Prevention, Preparedness and Response 


P2R Consortium
Prevention, Preparedness, and Response    

About the Course

The Biosafety Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratory (6th Edition, June 2020) and the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules are the foundations of this course.

Our goal is to teach you the fundamentals of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling biological hazards in the workplace. This course will go over the essential skills required of a Biological Safety Officer.

While the concepts covered in this course are fundamental to any biological safety program, it is intended for those who are new or experienced in the field. Furthermore, our instructors teach this course using an enjoyable combination of well-structured lectures, descriptive examples, and hands-on exercises.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for individuals working in the following settings:
  • Research Labs
  • Hospitals
  • Health Departments
  • Emergency Response Agencies (private, local, state or national level)
  • Infection  Prevention and Control
  • Reference Labs
  • Infectious Substances Shipments or Transportation
  • Biohazard Risk Management 
  • Animal Research Labs
This is a sample agenda

Day 1

  • History of Biological Safety
  • Microbiology Review
  • Biological Safety Basics
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Hand-washing Guidelines and Practical Exercises
  • Emerging Technologies (could cover stem cells, viral vectors, CRISPR)
  • Review of the NIH Guidelines & Institutional Biosafety Committees
  • Lab Techniques & Recombinant DNA/Synthethic Nucleic Acids
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Day 2

  • Containment Equipment
  • Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Demonstration
  • Worker Training Program
  • Handling and Disposing of Infectious Waste
  • Disinfection, Decontamination, and Sterilization
  • Bio-aerosols, Mold, and IAQ
  • Occupational Health
  • Shipping Infectious Substances

Day 3

  • Biosafety and Animal Research Labs
  • Biological Terrorism, Select Agents, and Toxins
  • Dual Use Research of Concern
  • Public Health Preparedness—Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory Fit Testing Program
  • Health and Safety Metrics
  • Professional Development
  • Biosafety Program Management
  • Biosafety Certification Exam Information
  • Global Health Security

Registration Refund and Course Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration, send an e-mail to To refund your registration, we must receive your cancellation e-mail no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. We will deduct a $50 administrative fee from the refunded amount. Cancellations received after the refund deadline will not be processed. If you paid your registration via check, provide the check number in your e-mail.

P2R Academy reserves the right to cancel a course no later than 10 business days prior to the course start date. If we cancel a course, we will notify you via the e-mail address provided on your registration form. Our liability for cancelled events is limited to the registration fee paid per course.


Training provided by P2R Academy is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) .